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. today, stunning news from the vatican. i wonder if god was surprised to learn pope benedict is stepping down. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. millions of americans captivated by the search of a successor. the picking a new pontiff. >>> i'm steve kornacki. president obama has tossed out the old olive branch. coming up, a man who himself helped write four state of the union addresses explains who us how it takes shape. >>> i'm krysa tal. should the president go big by thinking small? it's monday and you're in "the cycle." >>> after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry and the pope abdicated with only eight years on st. peter's throne shocking the 1 billion catholic faithful around the world. the's not a papal abdication in more than 700 years and surprised the close est adviser today. he's a theological conservative with strong positions against homosexuality, women priests and the use of contraceptives. the last day in the vatican is february 28th.
of reaction to the announcement of pope benedict xvi that he is resigning. first of all, look at how he -- well, he abdicated rather than resigning. let's see how. he did that during a low-key affair this morning the vatican meeting with cardinals. wasn't a big deal and he said -- his speech made it in latin. not italian or english or a comprehensible language to most people and it was down to somebody from a local press office, local wire agency to actually figure out that he actually said, well look, i'm going to abdicate. even the way that he resigned or -- sorry. abdicated was kind of low key and he did it as he's done the -- as he's leaved his pontificate all along. low key, suited with the personality. so different from john paul ii who was this media savvy loved pope that loved to come out and do big speech and address the big crowds so the pope is kind of going away and stepping aside in a very low key manner as he leaves the whole of his upon tir kate. shocking but not unexpected hinting in the past that a pope is -- if he doesn't feel the strength to carry on, he should resign
... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side. >>> pope benedict xvi will live out his final days in vatican city as he relinquishes his thrown. cardinals around the world will gather to determine who will succeed him. what direction will the church go in let's ask nbc news vatican analyst who's in roam for us. george, i want to dive right in because i know we have got a delay to worry about. most people know the role of the pope as the spiritual leader among catholics, but of course his other job is to proselytize and grow his flock. if you look around the landscape of global catholicism, you see that catholicism is very important in parts of europe, south america and south africa. should that be a consideration in choosing the next pope, finding someone who might be able to grow the flock in area where is catholicism is least represented? >> reporter: first of all the church is actually in very bad shape in a lot of western europe. and what we need, i think, what the church needs, is a pope who wherever he comes from is such a radically converted disciple of jesus cri
benedict xvi gave the final blessing over the week. it was a message of the power of prayer. the pope said he feels that god is calling him to devout himself to medication and reflection and prayer and not abandoning the church in any way. the strong message in light of the changes to church law allowing conclave to begin earlier which may be just in time as britain's highest ranking catholic leader found himself confronted by allegations of sexual misconduct. he denies the accusations of inappropriate contact submitted by a priest and three former priests. this is a critical time for the catholic church. so let's spin on it. i think putting aside the pope's legacy which is a little bit more complicated and i'm actually going to write about that this week, just addressing these issues, it seems to me and i was reading cardinal o'brien's response to this and his statement and he writes i want to thank pope benedict for his kindness and courtesy. i will not join them for conclave in person. i don't wish media attention in rome focused on me. that's all fine and good and i don't really know i
. >> amen. catholics in the senate and around the world today said good-bye to pope benedict xvi known as pope emeritus now. it was a historic moment kissing the ring for the final time and waved farewell to the faithful. he left for the last time as vowing obedience to his successor. the 85-year-old cited failing health as the reason for his retirement. he's a pacemaker, blind in one eye and reliant on a walker cane. the pope emeritus spending the first months of private life at the papal smumer residence castel gandolfo. this is where just one hour ago his reign as pope came to an end officially. after the successor is picked, benedict will move to the permanent residence behind st. peter's a basilica. most likely picking a pope before easter sunday and then the holy church will have two living popes for the first time in 700 years. >>> up next, the story that's got washington all abuzz today. white house arm twisting goodfellows style. >> can i have it? i can't have it. i can't do it, henry. it's -- can't do it. >> nobody says that you can't do what you want to do. >> do what you wa
,000 jammed the square for one of the final appearances of pope benedict xvi. >> as soon as he resigned, i knew i definitely wanted to come and witness it. >> i'm proud to be an american and i wanted to let the pope know he's supported by all of us from america. >> the pope asked followers to pray for him and his successor, but as the world prepares for a new pope set to be installed by easter, our next guest says there's no point in calling a conclave, because the institution of the priesthood is entirely made up. with us now is "new york times" best-selling author and pulitzer prize winner gary wills. he spent five years in seminary and nearly became a priest himself but now challenges that basic tenet of the church in his book "why priests: a failed tradition." gary, i want to read back to you the first line of the "new york times" book review on your book, which reads "gary wills wants us to know that he really bears no animus towards priests. truly." and the point that you're making, of course, isn't an anti priest argument. it's a theological one that sort of suggests that maybe hist
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